A People's History of the United States
1492 - Present

Zinn, Howard

Publisher:  Harper Collins, USA
Year Published:  2003   First Published:  1995
Pages:  752pp   Price:  $27   ISBN:  0060528370
Library of Congress Number:  E178.Z75 2003   Dewey:  973.92--dc21
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX8894

Zinn's history includes those most ignored by typical American textbook history, including Indians, blacks, women and workers.

Abstract:  A detailed historical review of United States history from 1492 to 2002. Zinn sets out to tell America's story from the point of view of America's women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, working poor and immigrant labourers. Whereas most history reflects the perspective of the powerful, Zinn looks at history from the other side and challenges the norm that 'winners always write the history books'.

Zinn outlines American history from a different perspective, and challenges mainstream history by consulting alternate sources. The book contains contemporary accounts ranging from a reporter who lived during the socialist movement of the early 1910s, to the writings of a Yale emeritus professor on the brutality of Columbus towards the natives.

Topics covered include the 'discovery' of America, the slave trade, the American Revolution, the Bill of Rights, the war in Mexico, the Civil War, the US role in the two World Wars. In the second half of the book, Zinn concentrates on the Cold War period, the civil rights movement, and chronicles the Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations.

Other topics and well-known names in American history include the struggles of the NAACP, Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, FDR, Nixon and many more. The book concludes with the devastating effects of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan.

[Abstract by Vei Chong]

Table of Contents

1. Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress
2. Drawing the Colour Line
3. Persons of Mean and Vile Condition
4. Tyranny is Tyranny
5. A Kind of Revolution
6. The Intimately Oppressed
7. As Long as Grass Grows or Water Runs
8. We Take Nothing by Conquest, Thank God
9. Slavery Without Submission, Emancipation Without Freedom
10. The Other Civil War
11. Robber Barons and Rebels
12. The Empire and the People
13. The Socialist Challenge
14. War is the Health of the State
15. Self-help in Hard Times
16. A People's War?
17. "Or Does it Explode?"
18. The Impossible Victory: Vietnam
19. Surprises
20. The Seventies under Control?
21. Carter - Reagan - Bush: The Bipartisan Consensus
22. The Unreported Resistance
23. The Coming Revolt of the Guards
24. The Clinton Presidency
25. The 2000 Election and the "War on Terrorism"

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